1) Open PhD Positions: Aero-elastic Modeling and Design Optimization of Floating Wind Turbines

The University of Texas at Dallas (UT-Dallas) is seeking highly-qualified PhD students to work in the area of aero-elastic modeling and design of floating offshore wind turbines. Visiting researcher positions and postdoctoral positions can also be considered.  This position is in support of a new, multi-institution project lead by UT-Dallas funded by ARPA-E’s ATLANTIS program in the area of floating vertical axis wind turbines. Candidates should have interests and expertise in analysis and design of aero-elastic systems; more specifically, candidates should have background and interests in aerodynamics, structural dynamics, dynamic modeling, and optimization. Preferred qualifications include experience in one or more of the following areas: aero-elasticity, wind energy systems, multi-disciplinary design optimization, hydrodynamics, floating systems, and mentoring student researchers. Anticipated research activities include development and analysis of new control-oriented coupled models of aero-hydro-elastic models for floating vertical axis wind turbines, as well as a range of other activities in design optimization. This position is an opportunity to develop unique experience in design of novel floating offshore wind turbine technologies and work within a large, multi-institutional research team. For postdoctoral researchers, this position requires the completion of a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or another relevant degree program. For PhD students, completion of MS degree is preferred; however, strong undergraduate preparation will be considered among candidates. To apply, please send a CV, letter of intent (describing how your experience and interests relate to the position, as well as availability), and list of references to Prof. Todd Griffith (tgriffith@utdallas.edu).